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Caltrain will finally go electric thanks to FTA funding

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:43:00 -0400

(image) The future of California's high-speed rail project relies in part on an initiative to migrate Silicon Valley's Caltrain corridor from a fleet of outdated diesel engines to a more modern electric system. That electrification project was put in jeopard...



Amazon's Echo Look app is ready for your fashionable selfies

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:04:00 -0400

(image) Amazon still hasn't said when it plans to ship its new Echo Look camera, but it appears that will be happening very soon. The company has started rolling out companion iOS and Android apps for the device, which costs $200 and is only available via in...



Viacom is working on a low-cost, sports-free TV package

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:42:00 -0400

(image) The cable industry continues to struggle mightily against being neutered by a generation of cord cutters. In that effort, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish announced on Monday that his company is working to develop a low-cost "entertainment pack" for its custome...



Tesla makes Autopilot 'smooth as silk' for current models

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:23:00 -0400

(image) Just because your Tesla can periodically drive itself doesn't mean you'll always like it. Elon Musk himself acknowledges that the sometimes rough Autopilot driving can be "unpleasant." You won't be jolted quite so frequently in the near future, tho...



Nevada would allow in-stadium mobile bets at Raiders games

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:03:00 -0400

(image) When the Raiders start playing football in Las Vegas, their stadium lease will officially ban the team from offering bets or other forms of gambling in the building. Don't tell that to the Nevada Gaming Commission, though. Its officials understand...



Dubai hopes to have a human-free police station by 2030

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:39:00 -0400

(image) Is robot policing the way of the future? Dubai is well on its way to finding out. The emirate, one of seven in the UAE, is taking a technological leap of faith this week as it introduces its first robot officer to the Dubai police force. Designed by...



Netflix is making the internet's Rihanna/Lupita buddy movie

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:21:00 -0400

(image) According to Entertainment Weekly, a movie dreamed up on social media based on nothing more than a picture of Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna is actually going to happen. The two were captured sitting next to each other during Paris Fashion Week 2014 when...



'Red Dead Redemption 2' won't come out in 2017 after all

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:58:00 -0400

(image) Apparently, 2017 ain't big enough for Red Dead Redemption 2. The sequel is now slated to hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in spring 2018, rather than its initial release window of fall 2017. Rockstar Games announced the delay in a blog post, alongside...



Nest’s next camera might be 4K, but not for streaming

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:40:00 -0400

(image) It's been almost a year since Nest has released a new product and rumors are starting to trickle out that the one-time connected home darling is on the verge of a new release. As Android Police claims, Nest is launching a new, higher-resolution WiFi...



Supreme Court shuts down location loophole for patent suits

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:24:00 -0400

(image) Patent trolls have had it pretty easy lately, especially in East Texas. A 2016 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit allowed patent suits anywhere a defendant company's products are sold. The Eastern District of Texas has become a...



YouTube TV now works on Apple TV over AirPlay

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:11:00 -0400

(image) If you're the rare YouTube TV subscriber who finds yourself stuck in an Apple household, there's good news for you. The streaming TV service's iOS app just got upgraded with AirPlay support, giving you a quick way to shoot whatever you're watching ov...



'Far Cry' is coming to America

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:23:00 -0400

(image) Up until today, all of the Far Cry games have been set in far off locations. A tropical island, Africa, another tropical island, the Himalayas and prehistoric times have all played witness to the franchise's often morally ambiguous open-world first-p...



Copyright troll lawyer is finally disbarred for fraud

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:02:00 -0400

(image) While it is illegal to download copyrighted files from file-sharing sites, it is also against the law to extort downloaders. John L. Steele, a Chicago lawyer who pled guilty to perjury, fraud and money laundering resulting from alleged "honeypot" sch...



Facebook is dealing with a massive revenge porn problem

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:42:00 -0400

(image) If it wasn't already apparent that Facebook faces a lot of challenges when grappling with sensitive material, it is now. As part of a slow but steady file leak, the Guardian has revealed that Facebook has faced at least one recent surge in revenge po...



Pittsburgh is falling out of love with Uber’s self-driving cars

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:56:00 -0400

(image) Pittsburgh was the initial test city for Uber's self-driving car initiative. While our experience in one of the autonomous vehicles was thankfully pretty safe, it wasn't long before reports of accidents and wrong-way driving began to surface during t...



'Uncharted' movie will star Sony's new 'Spider-Man,' Tom Holland

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:33:00 -0400

(image) The fabled Uncharted film is getting closer to reality -- for real, this time. After finding a new director in Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Stranger Things), Deadline reports that the movie will be a prequel to the popular PlayStation games. And,...



Apple Music's new film chronicles Bad Boy's hip hop legacy

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:12:00 -0400

(image) Apple Music's latest documentary is all about Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records. From the looks of the trailer below, it will chronicle the label's ascent and downfall -- in many ways, mirroring Combs's career -- and will of course touch on the dea...



Nike's latest Apple Watch bands match your VaporMax shoes

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:51:00 -0400

(image) You probably haven't thought about color-coordinating your smartwatch with your running shoes, but Nike is willing to give it a shot. The sportswear brand is launching four Apple Watch bands that are designed to match its upcoming Nike Air VaporMax F...



Report: Facebook's first original shows have been delayed again

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) Soon, Facebook won't just be a place where people's personal videos go viral — it wants to become a destination for original videos, too. The push began in earnest in 2016 and the social giant hired notable names from CollegeHumor and MTV to de...



New in our buyer's guide: The Galaxy S8 and Gear VR controller

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Last month we updated our buyer's guide with a bunch of stuff and whaddya know: six days later we published our glowing review of both the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With scores of 91 and 92, respectively, both deserved a spot on our shortlist. And those are...



Ask Alexa to play your favorite shows on a Dish Hopper DVR

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:38:00 -0400

(image) If you're a Dish subscriber, it just got ridiculously easy to control your TV. The satellite provider has introduced an Alexa skill that lets control any Hopper DVR or Wally using an Amazon Echo. You can ask the set-top box to tune into a specific...



'Angry Birds' will celebrate its 10th anniversary with another movie

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) How will you celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Finland's biggest exports? No, I'm not talking about electrical machinery or oil -- I mean Angry Birds. Well, Columbia Pictures and Sony are doing so with a sequel to the furious fowl's silver scr...



Nuclear warfare and the technology of peace

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) The atom captivated the world in 1939. Since the discovery of the neutron in the early 1930s, the international scientific community had been racing to unlock new elements and further understand the immense power trapped inside the smallest, most ba...



Google and the UN answer Syria queries with a poignant website

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:42:00 -0400

(image) Most Syrian refugees are just families with children thrown into turmoil by an unwanted war, so it's a cruel twist that the US and other nations have slammed the door on them. To help folks better understand their plight, Google has teamed with the U...



Uber's carpool service sacrifices convenience for efficiency in NYC (updated)

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:19:00 -0400

(image) In the wake of its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2017 (yup, and it's only just May), Uber has been doing a lot of work to improve its service. As an extension of the "smart pickup points" trial from London and other cities last year, the ride...